Republican presidential candidate John Kasich sure threw gas on the proverbial fire with his comments on ‘entitlement reform’. Speaking at NH1’s ‘Fiscal Fridays’ series in Concord, New Hampshire, Kasich dropped a bomb on future Social Security and Medicare recipients.
“We can’t balance a budget without entitlement reform. What are we, kidding?” Kasich said when asked about his opponents who say they won’t touch entitlements.
Kasich, who touts his efforts to reform Medicare and Medicaid in the 1990s, stated that he had a plan to lower Social Security benefits for retirees not yet nearing their eligibility dates. He conducted a little experiment in his speech, asking attendees to raise their hands if they were ‘far’ from receiving Social Security benefits. He then asked the loaded question: would they be bothered if their Social Security benefits were ‘a little lower’ for the ‘good of the country.’ When one person said they felt it would be a problem, Kasich’s response was,
“Well, you’d get over it, and you’re going to have to get over it,” Kasich joked.
That’s a joke?
Later in the day, Kasich said criticism of his remarks was ‘silly’ and that ‘difficult’ bipartisan changes were necessary in order to stabilize Social Security. He then jumped on Democrats for allowing Social Security to become nearly bankrupt. Say what?
Kasich concluded his day with the following comment on ‘entitlements’ in general:
You’re on Medicare and you want me to ignore the fact that its going broke, you’re not going to like me…I’d rather have people be in a position where they’re aggravated with me so I can accomplish something, than have them love me and accomplish nothing, okay. I’m not there to run a popularity contest.
That’s painfully obvious, John.
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